Federal Jury Convicts Denton County Registered Sex Offender on Attempted Enticement of a Minor
Defendant Faces Up to Life in Prison
DALLAS — Following a two-day trial before U. S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, a federal jury convicted Adam Joshua Cortez, 31, a registered sex offender, on charges that he attempted to entice an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old female to engage in sexual activity with him, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Cortez, a Justin, Texas resident, faces a statutory sentence of not less than 20 years or more than life in prison on the enticement charge. He faces an additional mandatory 10-year sentence, which must run consecutive to any other sentence, for committing this offense while registered as a sex offender. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to a lifetime term of supervised release. Sentencing is set for July 27, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Lynn.
The government presented evidence at trial that in July 2011, Cortez used the Internet and a cell phone to entice an individual, whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, to engage in sexual activity. That individual, however, was an undercover police officer. Cortez had been twice convicted in state courts of offenses similar to child enticement in 2002 and 2004. In fact, the second of those convictions occurred while he was on probation for committing the first.
This matter was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The case was investigated by the Garland Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa J. Miller and Leigha A. Simonton are in charge of the prosecution.
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